I have to admit the fun factor of the Jeep wins out and we get way more compliments and interest in the Jeep. Where the Jeep has the edge is when traction conditions are not perfect and that is almost always the case on the street. I would hate to have to sell one or the other but probably I would opt to sell the Challenger and put a SC on the Jeep. I looked at a 392 Jeep but no way am I paying a $20K premium over the original price of the 2010.
2009 Challenger SRT8
2010 Jeep GC SRT8
11 GMC Sierra Ext Cab, LB
69 Pontiac Grand Prix 428
For what it is... A 5k lb brick... I absolutely love the GC SRT!!! It's a SUV not a sport sedan, sport car, or track car. So in my opinion comparing them to our cars is isn't fair. I have seen a video and timeslips of a bone stock 2012 GC SRT turning 12.9x. I also drove the HELL outta the ones at the SRT experience! A 5klb brick should not accelerate, corner, and stop like it does! We took a long sweeping curve at the track at nearly 90mph... No lean, no tire squeal, jus hard cornering... I was amazed and slightly soiled my shorts. It's sits high and naturally you expect body roll and or to flip over... But it actually begs to be driven hard! The brakes are eyeball popping... And what I really like was launching... Hold the brake mash the go pedal... Release brake! AWD dig in and pins you to the seat!!! Actually I was most impressed by the GC... I expected what I got from the other cars but was pleasantly surprised by the GC.
I agree with the above. I rode with the instructor at the track experience. I just knew the thing was gonna roll, it didn't. I was very impressed. This was at Daytona and much faster than an autocross. Most of us would never dream of throwing it in as hard as he did and the GC didn't protest at all. Don't race one in the mountians with a real driver.
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A dealer friend told he was selling jeep srt's like hot cakes then began to explain that those jeeps are faster than our cars...I serious doubt that with the weight I know it has 4 wheel drive. Way do you guys think?
I did not know it was 4wd. Just the fact that it is 4 wheel drive puts it at a disadvantage in a drag race. WIth motors being the same, now you have more weight, more inertia and more drag. 4wd can be an advantage in first or second gear, but that is usually where the advantage ends for drag racing. Sometimes 4wd can make a good road coarse car in tight race tracks too. WIth 4wd, you need mega torque to take advantage of it. Otherwise, it is a penalty.
FYI, there was a post on the SRT thread asking the engineers about an awd version of the Challenger. They said the prototyped it but it was slower since the motor could not overcome the extra weight compared to the standard srt.
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